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Chorus O Argos, home of steeds, my native land! you have heard these words, you have heard the king's will, pious toward the gods, of great importance for Pelasgia and throughout Argos. Chorus O Argos, home of steeds, my native land! you have heard these words, you have heard the king's will, pious toward the gods, of great importance for Pelasgia and throughout Argos.
Theban Herald Now I will speak. On these disputed points you hold this view, but I the contrary. I and all the people of Cadmus forbid you to admit Adrastus to this land, but if he is here, drive him forth in disregard of the holy suppliant bough, before the blazing sun sinks, and do not attempt violently to take up the dead, since you have nothing to do with the city of Argos. And if you will hearken to me, you shall bring your ship of state into port unharmed by the billows; but if not, fierce shall be the surge of battle that we and our allies shall raise. Take good thought, and do not, angered at my words, because you rule your city with so-called freedom, return a vaunting answer from your feebler means. Hope is not to be trusted; it has involved many a state in strife, by leading them into excessive rage. For whenever the city has to vote on the question of war, no man ever takes his own death into account, but shifts this misfortune on to another; but if death were before
Second Semi-Chorus Once more do we invoke the gods we called upon before. First Semi-Chorus Yes, in our fear this is our chiefest trust. Second Semi-Chorus O Zeus, father to the child the heifer-mother bore in days long past, that daughter of Inachus! First Semi-Chorus O be gracious, I pray, and champion this city! Second Semi-Chorus It is your own darling, your own settler in the city of Argos that I am striving from outrage to rescue for the funeral pyre.